When Joseph Stalin gained power in 1927, a black cloud of terror fell upon the Soviet people, and the whole of the USSR was thrown into darkness. Stalin's reign of terror was a very disturbing and unhappy time, and he did many things that were inhumane and inessential. Stalin's methods of ruling were unnecessary because he did not look after the needs of the Soviet populace, he fabricated lies concerning the Soviet Union, and he executed
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unnecessary. An estimated 3 million people were killed, and 15 million arrested during the great bloody purge of 1936 to 1939.
During Stalin's barbaric rule, lies were told, the way of life in the USSR was degraded, and people were killed and exiled. This was not at all necessary for ruling the Soviet Union. When Joseph Stalin gained power in 1927, a black cloud of terror fell upon the Soviet people, and slivers of that cloud still linger there today.